Friday, 29 June 2012

Independents Day

Here we are again on the 29th of the month. The date each month we celebrate all Independent businesses.


You can be any type of independent business to join in.  If you are not a business you can still help us out, if you have a favourite one you love to support please tell us about it.

If you have a blog, please write a short post mentioning and linking to three or so independent businesses you follow, buy from or just plain admire. You can of course link to your own business if you want to. Its all about building up the traffic to help people find our businesses.

Leave a comment below with a link to your blog so we can all pop over and take a look. It would be really great if you would link back to this post.


Tweet about the independent businesses you are supporting and mentioning the hashtag #IndependentsDay


Link or share this or your own post on your Facebook page and encourage others to share


Link up your business below

You don't have to be an independent business to get involved or have a blog. Comments, tweets and Facebook mentions will all help enormously.

Here are my selection for this month

Find my Child - Find My Child is the world’s first global alerting service and smartphone application designed to help reunite parents and lost children quickly and safely should they become separated.

Paper Boy wallpaper - a collection of elegant, high-quality decorative boys' wallpapers & fabrics

The Chocolate Library Personalised chocolate bars combined with great booky gifts

The Twins Gift Company - Unique gifts for twins

Caramel Baby and Child - Beautiful clothes and interiors for babies and children

Please link up below or leave your comment

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Bubble London - Homegrown

One show I have wanted to attend for a long time but always seem unable to get to because of other commitments is Bubble London.   They showcase the coolest children’s fashion, footwear, accessories and interior brands.   The show takes place on 1718 June at the Business Design Centre, Islington.

As a long time supporter of Independent retailers I am really thrilled to see such an influential trade show making positive steps to showcase British companies.

This year they have come up with Bubble Homegrown


Bubble Homegrown brands set to shine this season

The children’s fashion pride of Britain are counting down the days to the launch of

Bubble Homegrown, an initiative aiming to applaud brands that design and manufacture their products on UK soil, at the imminent spring/summer 13 edition of kid’s fashion trade event Bubble London, taking place on 1718 June at the Business Design Centre, Islington.

This weekend’s event will see a great mix of homegrown brands showing a truly British selection of fashion, footwear, bath and body products, lifestyle goods and toys.

Isossy Children, Little Troll, Cyd & Emma, Beau Loves, Grubbies, Helen Gordon, Immink, Little Mashers, Pili Pala Childrenswear, Poppet, Rock n Regal, Tulip & Nettle, Poppy, Beauty & the Bib, RaggyTag, Organics for Kids, Inch Blue, Childs Farm and Teddy & Me will perfectly demonstrate the sheer talent, creativity and highquality that this country’s children’s fashion industry has to offer.

Bubble Homegrown

brands will show peers and visitors that creative control, product longevity and low carbon emissions are just a few of the advantages of exclusive British design and production. Melanie Salisbury, owner and designer of Rock n Regal, explains her reasoning for remaining homegrown, "We use working British mills and specialist dressmakers to finish our garments as it’s so important for us to maintain premium quality. I think people are prepared to pay a little extra for a highquality product that will stand the test of time. The very nature of our garments is rooted in British heritage, and there is such a high respect globally for British products. We use suppliers that not only supply to Savile Row, but also provided the silk for the wedding dress for the Duchess of Cambridge. We really have sourced the best of British."

Ben Johnson, managing director of show newcomer

Immink, adds, "We are a brand that designs and makes our collections from our own factory unit in Norfolk. As there is no history of garment manufacture here, we are training a team of people and bringing employment to our local area as we believe in putting something back into our local community. We are excited to be part of Bubble London and are looking forward to introducing our brand to new stockists and being able to market to a wider audience."

Retailers are also in full support of the homegrown launch, with many expressing that demand for such products is on the rise. Teresa Emmerich, owner of Little Monkeys Baby Wear & Accessories in Bristol and stockist of

Helen Gordon, says, "We are very supportive of UKbased brands designing and manufacturing their products here in the UK. It’s not only us that look to purchase from these suppliers; a high percentage of our customers these days specifically ask where products are manufactured as they associate British design and manufacturing with high standards versus mass production offshore."

Julie Lowe, owner of Biff in London, adds, "I think it’s a great idea for Bubble London to have a homegrown section, and we are really pleased and excited to see growth in British design, and even better British manufactured brands. Not so long ago, customers were asking for such products but there was very little that we could offer so as an independent store, we are proud to help promote and represent British brands such as Grubbies as much as possible."
Please support British Brands where possible. 

Friday, 8 June 2012

Puddle jumping

As the saying goes, if you can't beat em, join em!

 Its been hell on earth for most parents this half term.  With all the excitement and most likely over indulgence in sugar from the Jubilee celebrations, combined with the appalling weather most of us have had to endure.  For many of us it will be a big sigh of relief come Monday morning. 

Yesterday, after one fight too many I decided to do something I had been promising the twins FOREVER !  Lets go puddle jumping !

So we did.

tentative paddling outside the house to start off, will mummy really let us jump in puddles ?

oh yes I will !

I had actually forgotten how much fun you can have doing the simple things in life, the free things, the things little boys just LOVE to do.

People actually slowed down their cars driving past us in the park.  Have we really become so indoctrinated in our "stay indoors" mentality when it rains ?   Some smiled, some frowned, some laughed .

WE had a wonderful time, got absolutely soaking wet and filthy

Might actually be just a little sad when the rain goes away.  (well, maybe not)  Role on the sunshine and time to climb those trees.........

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

50th Birthday and the Bucket list update

Before I knew it, it was upon me.  The Big 50 !  I wrote a post some months ago about all the things I'd like to do before I was 50  My 50th Birthday Year Bucket List .  Although it doesn't feel like I achieved many of the things on the list, I didn't do too badly, although some of the things I really hoped would happen didn't.  Does your long term partner/husband still tell you he loves you ?

 Maybe this year.

I did have a fab birthday party.  Despite the awful weather, attended by lots of great friends.  Including lovely people I have met through Twitter.

Great friends Annette and Elaine all of us 50 this year ! We have known each other since our boys were in Kindergarten together from the age of two.

The gorgeous Suzy who is @Atlanta7 on twitter with my favourite Twitter man @onlyDads

What really made it a great night for me was seeing how total strangers all mingled and had fun.  You have twitter peeps, old school friends and the twins school friends here all enjoying each others company.

I have always been blessed with great neighbours seen on the left and right chatting and having fun with th couple in the middle Carol and John who I sell with on a friday at the Topsham handmade and vintage fair.

Another Twitter friend @anotherPlanet looking a little bemused by the end of the night by the antics of one of Jacob's friends.  It was commented on how lovely that teenage boys wanted to be at my 50th Birthday party !  I think @msMollyLouise would agree too.

Towards the end of the night the stunning @msMollyLouise with my erm "happy" No 1 son !!!

There are many more pics from later in the night when the shirts came off and the dancing got "lively" but, well best not on here.


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